Giving Abused Children a Voice. The Abattoir of Dreams.

My third novel, The Abattoir of Dreams, was inspired by news that a high-profile figure had been named by a man in his forties as his abuser in a children’s home. Subsequently, the man said he’d made a mistake – no one leaning on him there, then– the whole case was dropped. This made my blood boil. This poor guy had obviously been through hell as a child, and all these years later, the authorities still slammed the door in his face.

There are so many cases of both historical and current child abuse. The case of the Haut de la Garenne children’s home on Jersey, brought to light a catalogue of abuse – sexual, physical and psychological, stretching back to the end of the second world war. Eight people have been prosecuted for 145 offences and seven men and women have been convicted. Many more alleged offenders, some now dead, have been identified by almost 200 former residents.

A forensics tent at the former Haut de la Garenne children’s home in St Martin, Jersey, in 2008. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

The investigation also found there was a culture of fear on Jersey. Residents were afraid to come forward with criticism or information because they were living so closely to those they were accusing. Bob Hill, a former member of the states assembly – Jersey’s parliament, said people had long been afraid to report the abuse because they did not trust that any allegations would be treated in confidence. Continue reading

Tilbury Talks To… Claire Knight

Firstly, thank you for agreeing to take part today Claire. Please would you introduce yourself?

Hi I’m Claire and my blog is A Knight’s Reads. I’m quite a new solo blogger as I only started my blog in February 2018. Saying that, before that I was a guest reviewer for the fabulous crimebookjunkie book blog. My main choice of read is crime fiction. I’ll read police procedurals, psychological thrillers, cozy crime, murder mysteries. I do dabble in other genres but crime fiction is my passion. Outside of reading, I’m a mum of two gorgeous boys and I work in the very exciting world of pension administration.  I’ve been adopted by the great county of Yorkshire, having been brought up in the East Midlands.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
My first thought was how do I tell Noelle! I’d been guest reviewing for Crimebookjunkie for two years and I’d always said that I would be setting up my own blog but until my youngest was at school, it wasn’t going to happen. But then he got a place at preschool and I got my day off to myself!! Noelle was great when I told her that I was flying the nest, in fact she was very excited about it. She’s been my cheerleader from day one!

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best thing is being about to shout about the fantastic books alongside making some amazing friends within the blogging community. Worst thing….I hate having to say no, I want to read all the books but unfortunately with work and family life, it’s just not possible! Continue reading

Tilbury Talks To… Sandra ‘abookaday’ Jones

 

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Sandra Jones. Sandra lives in New Zealand and as her blog name hints at, she tries to read a book a day. When not reading she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and being close to the sea. Thank you for taking part today Sandra, lets begin.

 

 

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I often wonder that……

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
I was reading a book a day when I started my blog. I wasn’t working, and not expecting things to change so thought a blog would be a good way to get a bit of intellectual stimulation. Then life changed suddenly, as it seems to do when you think you’ve got it all sussed, and I found myself back in the workforce. I find the pressures of trying to blog every day a bit much at times. …. But I love that I am in contact with so many wonderful people, like you Mark, that I would never have otherwise ‘met’.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
Immediately.

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